Kindness, Rigamajigs and Books!

unknown-2We have done much work with kindness recently and there is A LOT of good happening in our classroom community.  Of course, there are still bumps and opportunities to grow – we are still human and are always learning how to better work with others and use kind words and actions.  This week, we did oodles of thinking connected with adding numbers within 100, remembering to ask ourselves if we UNDERSTAND a book as we read it, comparing texts, writing to convince others to go to a restaurant or place we like best – with STRONG reasons, and beginning to embark on a upcoming school project connected with collecting books for Botswana.  Read on to learn more about some of our learning this week.

Table of Contents

  • Conversation Starters
  • Sharing Kindness with Aberdeen
  • Retelling Stories with Rigamajigs
  • Beginning the Botswana Book Project
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • unknown-3Your class read a book, Galimoto, about a boy in Malawi, Africa.  Tell me what happened in this story, what a galimoto is and if you would like to make one or not.  Did you enjoy this story?  Why or why not?
  • imagesYour class has been reading and enjoying many Curious George books lately.  Tell me about the books you have read and which has been your favorite.  What are some of the same things you continue to notice about George?  Does he solve his problem in each story?  Give me some examples of how this happened in some of the books.

Sharing Kindness with Aberdeen: As you know, we worked VERY hard over the past week about being intentional with our kindness at both school and home.  On Monday afternoon, we reached our goal of 100 (actually 101!) kind gestures!  Of course, we hope the gestures will continue over the coming days, weeks, and months and will keep talking about this in class.  Since we met our goal, we had the opportunity to make kindness crafts for the older adult residents at Aberdeen Heights and delivered them in the afternoon.  Check out some of the photos below and you will see the hard working first graders celebrating Valentine’s Day by caring for others.

We made it to OVER 100 kind acts at home and in our classroom!
We made it to OVER 100 kind acts at home and in our classroom!
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We created items to share with Aberdeen that showed kindness and love.
We headed down the stairs to walk to Aberdeen!
We headed down the stairs to walk to Aberdeen!
We carried our creations ALL THE WAY over to share them with our neighbors.
We carried our creations ALL THE WAY over to share them with our neighbors.
We even ALL squeezed into an elevator with all of our creations!
We even ALL squeezed into an elevator with all of our creations!

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Retelling Stories with Rigamajigs: As you remember from last week’s post, we had the privilege to be the first class to explore the Robinson set of Rigamajigs!  Since we loved it so much,  we decided that it would be a great learning opportunity to create scenes from the book and share it with one another.  After reading a Curious George book (one of our favorite series lately), we retold the story, talked about what we could create to show each part and got to work!  What a great way to use our creative skills and retell stories simultaneously.

We retold a Curious George story we read and decided who would make each part out of the RIgamajigs.
We retold a Curious George story we read and decided who would make each part out of the RIgamajigs.

Beginning the Botswana Book Project: Robinson has taken on a service learning project that begins in the next few weeks and it is already making a HUGE impact on the first graders in our classroom!  Robinson will take part in donating used books to Botswana, Africa.  Our first graders began making posters to tell other students about the project and were so excited about it!  Check out some of our posters below and stay tuned to hear more about this project in the near future.

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A Smile for You!  Since today was World Read Aloud day it meant we had A LOT of reading to do!  We had so many people read to us – it was AMAZING!  We got to listen to books from Mrs. Sisul, Mrs. Meihaus, and ALL of our learning buddies.  It was so much fun and made me smile all day.  What a special day it was to listen to so many read alouds and enjoy the beauty of reading.  As you see the photos below you will definitely smile at the joy that always comes from reading books together.  Thanks for visiting our blog this week.  Have a great weekend!

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